News Release

REF NO.: 118

SUBJECT: New associate vice-president (Grenfell Campus) research

DATE: February 15, 2012

             Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, has a new associate vice-president responsible for growing research capacity. The executive committee of Memorial University’s Board of Regents appointed Dr. Antony Card to the position of associate vice-president (Grenfell Campus) research on Thursday, Feb. 9.
            “Dr. Card’s strong background in collaborative and community research is an excellent fit for Grenfell’s associate vice-president research position,” said Mary Bluechardt, vice-president, Grenfell Campus. “The strategic goals of Grenfell’s Research Office focus on collaboration, interdisciplinary research and fostering partnerships and alliances in our region and beyond. Dr. Card has a demonstrated record of fostering opportunities for outreach and partnership development. His research in the fields of health and wellness and health promotion is also advantageous as Grenfell continues to advance a Centre for Aging and bridge with Western Regional School of Nursing.”
            In addition, Dr. Bluechardt noted his experience as dean of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation (HKR), where diversity in research and its various sources of funding is encouraged and supported, will serve the Grenfell Campus well.
            Dr. Card is currently the dean of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation. Since joining Memorial University in 2002, he has been with HKR in various roles including assistant professor, associate professor, associate director, director and finally, the position he holds today. He has a national and international reputation in the areas of childhood obesity, inactivity and comprehensive school health. Dr. Card has been successful in obtaining grants to study nutrition, obesity and healthy living including conducting an evaluation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s school health promotion and research on provincial youth smoking rates.
            “Dr. Card is a proven leader who will bring great vision to Grenfell Campus of Memorial University,” said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor. “I am looking forward to working closely with him and the rest of the Grenfell community as we build on our past accomplishments and excellence. With a full team now in place, we are looking to the future with tremendous optimism.”
            Dr. Card holds a PhD from the University of Bedfordshire in Bedford, U.K., and an MA and BA from the University of Southampton in Hampshire, U.K.
            The associate vice-president (Grenfell Campus) research is a part of the senior administrative team at Grenfell Campus. Responsibilities include expanding research portfolios across various disciplines, promoting research priorities and theme sets, and assisting Grenfell faculty members to develop research projects and seek financial assistance. Dr. Card will also be tasked with encouraging investment in research infrastructure, grants and proposals and supporting research enhancement, research compliance and technology transfer.

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